Bailout of Fannie/Freddie – a Move Toward Socialized Housing?

In April, in Finding a Roommate Online: It’s illegal to ask sexual orientation, race, or religion to choose a roommate, I wrote about the Fair Housing Act being applied to an online roommate-finding service.

As Wired.com explained in April:

Apartment hunting site Roommates.com cannot shield itself from an housing discrimination lawsuit by claiming it is just an internet forum, because the site requires users to answer questions about their gender, marital status and sexual orientation, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

The ruling is an important one because it sets a limit on a federal law protecting internet forums from lawsuits. Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act largely frees websites, online forums and ISPs from responsibility for what users say on their sites. Online freedom advocates describe that law as the best thing Congress has ever done for freedom of expression on the internet, since it allows social networking sites, hosted blogging services and news sites with commenting features — like this one — to let users be responsible for their words.

That legal immunity doesn’t apply to Roommates.com, the court ruled, because the check boxes on the site actively solicit discriminatory content, making the service much more than a simple forum….(more)

And I wrote in response:

The larger story here is that the advocates for the political-correctness agenda onine have just won a major victory while advocates for personal liberty and freedom of speech online have sustained a loss. Watch for more lawsuits like this, in which things like “discrimination” and “hate speech” become not only frowned upon by the online community, but actually illegal.

With this in mind, I cannot help but shudder a bit when I hear that the federal government has just seized two more major mortgage companies. I have to ask myself how long it will be before affirmative action and gay-rights activists will be suing the federal government for special considerations in neighborhood planning in lending practices? How long before banks and Realtors will be given special tax breaks and preference on corporate contracts according to their commitment to promoting the diversity doctrine?

It won’t be long.

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How Does the UN Undermine the US?

I don’t have any cold, hard facts on this, just my personal opinion. Others are welcome to jump in with their opinions and facts, if you’ve got ’em.

It seems to me, though, the world expects the US to do all the dirty work. We’re expected to bail countries out monetarily, provide food, comfort and aid to those in need, defend those too weak and too small to fend for themselves (I’m talking countries here, like say, France). And we do it. No one has to ask us, we see it happening and we go and we do.

Why do we do it? Because as the greatest nation on earth, we are the most compassionate, most generous people on earth as well. So, we do while others sit.

And, yet….

On our own soil we are subjected to some of the nastiest filth to come out of anyone’s mouths, and this filth is spewed from alleged diplomats. Hate speech. Name calling. You name it, we’ve been called it and heard it many, many times, often from the very people and countries we’re trying to help or who have asked for our help directly. They think nothing of biting the hands that feed them.

And we let them spew their hate. Why? Because we ARE the greatest nation on earth. Because WE believe in freedom of speech. Because WE’RE bigger than they are and can shrug it off.

My personal feelings are, though, why don’t we just get rid of these guys? We don’t need any more dissension in our country, we certainly don’t need anymore aimed at us. If they want to spew their filth, let them. But not from here. And, after their nonsense, if they want to come asking us for something? Why, oh why, can’t we tell them no–not just no, but HELL NO? After stabbing us in the back with your nonsense you want us to help you now? HELL NO.

Oh, to dream….but we’re bigger than that and I know that. Still, how would we go about getting our country out of the viper’s nest? How could we get the viper’s nest out of our country?

I’m open to ideas!